ARTSC103-19A (HAM)

Rights and Reason

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts

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: paula.maynard@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Students will develop critical thinking skills by reasoning about human rights. There are a range of aspects of Human Rights that benefit from critical analysis. Examples include asking what we mean when we talk about Human Rights, or asking whether the concept of Human Rights makes sense. When examining particular claimed Human Rights, how are they talked about, breached, enforced, theorized? (Examples include: the right not to be enslaved, the right not to be tortured, LGBT rights, animal rights and climate rights).

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught partly online and partly face-to-face. There are no lectures: lecture material will be delivered online through Moodle, in the form of online lessons with readings embedded in them. All readings will be made available on Moodle.

Tutorials are face-to-face. Each student is expected to sign up (through Moodle) to a tutorial group by the end of Week 1, and to attend weekly tutorials from Week 2. In the tutorials, students will work in groups to complete worksheets, with tutors available to help. We have found that working through carefully-designed tutorial worksheets is an excellent way of developing and practicing critical thinking skills.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Recognise and paraphrase arguments in written texts regarding contemporary human rights issues
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  • Evaluate arguments discussing the basis of human rights, moral obligations and duties, presented both orally and in written texts
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  • Argue for a conclusion, both verbally and in writing
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  • Identify and utilise high quality information sources online
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online Lessons
15
2. Assignment 1
11 Mar 2019
5:00 PM
10
  • Other: Moodle
3. Assignment 2
1 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
10
  • Other: Moodle
4. Assignment 3
29 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Other: Moodle
5. Essay Plan
13 May 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Other: Moodle
6. Tutorial presentation
10
  • Other: Oral presentation to tutorial group
7. Essay
4 Jun 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Other: Moodle
8. Tutorial participation
10
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no textbook for this paper. All readings will be made available through Moodle. Note that most of the readings are embedded in the online lessons.
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Other Resources

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Online lessons and audio-visual material will be made available through Moodle.
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Online Support

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Readings, online lessons and audio-visual material will be made available through Moodle.
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Workload

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Students are expected to spend an average of ten hours per week (including mid-semester break and study week) on this paper, including tutorial time, reading time, time spent working through lessons on Moodle, and time spent completing assignments.
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: CSMAX170

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